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Quora launches Writing Sessions as challenge to Reddit's Ask Me Anything

Question and answer site Quora is now hosting "Writing Sessions," or live Q&A sessions with selected experts in various fields. Much like Reddit's Ask Me Anything, users can submit questions that are prioritized by popularity. Interested Quora readers receive a heads up ahead of time so they can participate. The site’s first session was with David Rose, an entrepreneur and angel investor, who chatted about his startup mentorships and how he decides where to invest.

Future discussions will involve people who have "unique insights" on timely topics, Quora said. Scheduled so far is Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Planned Parenthood Action Fund, as well as Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook and previous colleague of Quora’s co-founder and former Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo.

The site appears to be establishing itself as a source of legitimate conversation with its announcement pointing to a prior Quora post in which President Obama answered questions on Iran. That session received 1.5 million views and was republished by "numerous" media outlets. Reddit hosted a similar AMA with Obama three years ago, which remains the section's top Q&A session.